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Our legal team is comprised of seasoned, forward-thinking attorneys with the depth and breadth of experience to handle the most challenging cases in a variety of areas.

Jody Benard Jody C. Benard Senior Counsel
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Jody C. Benard, Senior Counsel with Hickey Smith, is a seasoned litigator and trial lawyer with a proven record of achieving excellent results in all types of cases. With extensive experience in litigation and trial, Jody has prosecuted and defended significant matters from both sides of the courtroom.

Before joining the Hickey Smith team, Jody was the founding and managing partner of a successful defense litigation firm. During this time, in addition to her handling all aspects of litigation, including trial, Jody directed the business operations of the firm and successfully managed a multitude of matters.

Jody has actively practiced in state and federal courts in both New York and New Jersey. With her diverse background, Jody brings a wide range of expertise to the firm including property damage, labor law, premises liability, personal injury, commercial litigation, products liability and insurance coverage. Additionally, Jody has experience in setting and maintaining policy for No Fault claims and litigation.

Jody also serves as Vice President of the Board of Trustees for the New York School for the Deaf.

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1040 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 9C
New York, NY 10018

Education

JD, George Washington University National Law Center, 1986

BA, University of Rochester, 1983

 

Bar Admissions

New Jersey

New York

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

Nichole-Camiso-4web Nichole Camiso Senior Counsel
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Nichole Camiso brings over a decade of civil litigation experience to the firm, with a concentration in insurance defense. She has defended over 300 cases to successful resolution, by way of settlement, arbitration, mediation, or trial.

Nichole has a broad range of experience in matters such as complex litigation, insurance coverage, SIU/fraud, construction litigation, premises liability, products liability, wrongful death, employment and labor law, public entity liability, professional liability, civil rights litigation, DRAM shop and liquor liability, and personal injury.

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Primary Mailing Address:
1040 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 9C
New York, NY 10018

Local Address:
3570 Route 27
Suite 121 105
Kendall Park, NJ 08824

Education

JD, Temple University, Beasley School of Law, 2007

BS, English, Temple University, 2003, Magna Cum Laude

Bar Admissions

New Jersey

Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

Christa-D'Angelica-4webbio Christa D’Angelica Senior Associate
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Christa D’Angelica brings more than seven years of experience representing clients in various stages of civil litigation to Hickey Smith. She has successfully defended municipalities in Federal US 1983 suits and wrongful death actions, as well as building owners, general contractors, and municipal agencies in New York Labor Law actions.

Before joining Hickey Smith, Christa worked as an associate for a New York law firm specializing in product liability and toxic tort litigation, premises liability claims, and a diverse array of defamation, employment law, municipal law, corporate law, contract law, environmental law, civil rights law, and tax foreclosure cases in New York and Connecticut state, appellate and federal courts.

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1040 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 9C
New York, NY 10018

Education

JD, Pace Law School, 2008, Dean’s List

MA, Sarah Lawrence College, 2009

BA, Fordham University, 2003, Phi Sigma Tau, Dean’s List

 

Bar Admissions

Connecticut
New York

 

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

Domenick-D'Angelica-4web Domenick L. D’Angelica Senior Counsel
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Domenick D’Angelica is Senior Counsel with Hickey Smith LLP and has been practicing law in New York for over thirty years. Having worked in the industry as an in-house counsel, law firm litigator and government, Domenick brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding to Hickey Smith.

Domenick has extensive experience defending personal injury lawsuits involving both personal and commercial lines, and also has experience in the areas of medical and professional malpractice. He has represented a wide range of business entities, including commercial property owners, property management groups, general and subcontractors in the construction industry, hospitals, manufacturers, and restaurants and bars, as well as individual property owners and drivers.

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1040 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 9C
New York, NY 10018

Education

JD, St. John’s University School of Law, 1989

BA, Villanova University, 1986

Bar Admissions

Connecticut

New York

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

Ann-DelCollo-HSbio Ann M. DelCollo Managing Attorney, Insurance Defense Practice Group
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Ann DelCollo is an insurance defense industry veteran.  She has devoted her career to defending personal injury lawsuits in Philadelphia, and its surrounding counties.

For the better part of the last 25 years, Ann has defended insurers as either an in-house counsel for two of the largest carriers in the country or in the law firm setting.  Having worked in the industry as both an in-house counsel and law firm litigator, she brings a grounded and well-balanced understanding to the practice.

Ann has appeared in more than 500 trials or arbitrations on behalf of her insurance industry clients.  She has extensive experience defending personal injury lawsuits involving both personal and commercial lines. Ann also has significant experience in the areas of business litigation, employee theft, class-action asbestos litigation, and criminal defense.

Ann began her career in Philadelphia as an insurance defense attorney, defending medical malpractice, personal injury, and asbestos lawsuits. From there she served as trial counsel for Allstate Insurance Company, and later, she served as senior trial counsel for Nationwide Insurance Company. 

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Primary Mailing Address:
1040 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 9C
New York, NY 10018

Local Address:
873 E. Baltimore Pike
PMB 963
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Education

JD, Widener University School of Law, 1992

BS, Biology, Lock Haven University, 1989

Internship, Insulin Biochemistry, Vanderbilt University, 1988

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Christian Dodd - Hickey Smith Christian E. Dodd Legal Operations Partner
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As Hickey Smith’s Legal Operations Partner, Christian Dodd is responsible for the design, development, implementation and execution of the firm’s unique legal services delivery model. He oversees the development, testing and maintenance of the firm’s proprietary legal workflows, checklists, automated document assembly templates and case assessment tool.  He also oversees the identification, collection and analysis of matter-specific data collected throughout the lifecycle of each firm matter.  This data is utilized for continuous process improvement and to provide actionable business insight to firm clients.

Prior to joining Hickey Smith, Christian practiced law in the large firm environment, most recently as a Partner with Akerman LLP, and prior to that with Winston & Strawn. His practice has focused on complex commercial and business litigation, intellectual property matters, and government investigations. Christian’s experience ranges from simple B2B contract disputes to consolidated multi-district class action litigation and bet-the-company litigation. He also has significant experience managing the e-discovery lifecycle in the context of both small- and large-scale litigation and government investigations. Christian draws upon his broad experience to devise strategies to improve efficiencies and reduce costs in litigation.

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Available for consultation at:
10752 Deerwood Park Blvd
Suite 100
Jacksonville, FL 32256

Education

JD, UCLA School of Law, 2004, Order of the Coif

BA Economics, 1994, Michigan State University, With High Honors

BS Psychology, 1994, Michigan State University, With High Honors

Bar Admissions

California

Florida

Michigan

Court Admissions

United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Seventh and Ninth Circuits

United States District Courts for the Central, Northern and Southern Districts of California

United States District Courts for the Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida

United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

David-Estabrook-web4 David A. Estabrook Senior Counsel
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David Estabrook, Senior Counsel with Hickey Smith, is a highly skilled litigation attorney with more than ten years of experience expertise in insurance defense, premises liability, and personal injury matters. Before joining Hickey Smith, David practiced law within the context of defending policyholders in complex litigation arising from premises liability, motor vehicle collision, general product liability, specialty product liability actions within automotive and trucking contexts, and trucking accident matters. In addition, he has extensive experience with commercial and residential construction and construction-defect litigation and has represented numerous builders, managers, and construction management firms in a variety of matters.

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Primary Mailing Address:
1040 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 9C
New York, NY 10018

Local Address:
39 ½ Wedgewood Drive
Suite 239
Jewett City, CT 06351

Education

JD, University of New Hampshire School of Law, 2005

BS, Business Administration, Southern New Hampshire University, 1981

Bar Admissions

Connecticut

Massachusetts

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the District of Connecticut

United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts

United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut

Kori-Frampton-web4 Korri Abrams Frampton Senior Counsel
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Korri Abrams Frampton serves as Senior Counsel for Hickey Smith and brings over twenty years of legal experience to the firm. Skilled in torts, arbitration, trial practice, and legal writing, she also has substantial experience in all aspects of defense litigation. Korri received her Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and served as the editor of the Survey of New York Law for the Syracuse Law Review. Prior to attending law school, Korri was a New York State, Licensed Insurance Broker, (Property & Casualty and Life, Accident & Health), which equips her with the unique ability to combine legal expertise with extensive knowledge of the insurance industry and regulations, and provide a broad business perspective on a myriad of issues.

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1040 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 9C
New York, NY 10018

Education

JD, Syracuse University College Law, 1993, Magna Cum Laude

BA, Binghamton University, 1985

Bar Admissions

New York

Mark-Grodberg-HSwebbio Mark S. Grodberg Senior Counsel
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Mark Grodberg has been a commercial defense litigator for over 17 years.  Mark represents defendants in matters concerning premises liability, motor vehicle, general negligence and New York State Labor Law actions. He handles every aspect of the litigation process, including answering the summons and complaint, organizing and implementing the discovery process, investigation, and depositions, and coordinating medical examinations.

Given his experience, Mark knows how to get to the crux of the matter quickly and works to towards the efficient and prompt resolution of the case through motion practice or settlement. When a matter cannot be resolved amicably, Mark will not hesitate to take the matter to trial where he enjoys a considerable amount of success.

Mark has served as the primary trial attorney or outside trial attorney for a number of insurance defense firms located in New York.

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1040 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 9C
New York, NY 10018

Education

JD, Brooklyn Law School, 1999

BA, English, Boston University, 1987

Bar Admissions

New York

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

Brian Hahn Brian D. Hahn Senior Counsel
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Brian D. Hahn, Senior Counsel with Hickey Smith, brings more than 15 years of experience representing and working for several insurance companies and their policyholders in a variety of matters including products liability, premises liability, commercial transportation defense, construction liability, and insurance coverage disputes. Brian’s legal experience encompasses all levels of trial practice in federal and state courts of Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. In addition, Brian has managed and directed outside counsel throughout the country and has counseled insurance adjusters regarding issues relative to adjusting bodily injury and insurance coverage claims in order to identify, mitigate and prevent litigation risk and avoid bad faith or extra-contractual judgments.

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Primary Mailing Address:
1040 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 9C
New York, NY 10018

Education

JD, Valparaiso University, 2001

BS, Indiana University, 1998

Bar Admissions

Illinois

Indiana

Wisconsin

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana

Thomas-Hartwig-4webbio Thomas M. Hartwig Senior Counsel
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Thomas M. Hartwig has more than twenty years of experience in general liability litigation. He has tried cases in both state and federal courts and is admitted to practice law in Florida and New York.

Before joining Hickey Smith, Thomas worked for both national and state-wide law firms. His prior practice focused on general liability litigation, medical malpractice defense, pharmaceutical defense, professional liability defense, and insurance coverage.

Thomas has extensive experience in defending physicians, podiatrists, hospitals, pharmacies, outpatient surgery centers, nursing homes, health maintenance organizations, dentists, radiology facilities and insurance companies. In addition, Thomas has represented physicians in administrative proceedings before the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration.

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1007 N. Federal Highway #243
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Education

JD, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1997
BS, State University of New York at Brockport, 1993

 

Bar Admissions

Florida

New York

 

Court Admissions

United States District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida

Jean-Hamer-4web Jean M. Hamer Senior Counsel
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As Senior Counsel for Hickey Smith, Jean Hamer brings more than fifteen years of experience as a litigation and advocacy attorney, with proven expertise in legal representation, research and litigation. Jean’s diverse background includes representing clients on various matters with a particular focus in insurance related matters, including civil litigation, mediation, arbitration, drafting and arguing dispositive motions, and performing extensive legal research.

Jean earned her Juris Doctorate in 2001 from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, and began her legal career as a judicial law clerk with the Connecticut Superior Court.  In private practice, she has handled personal injury defense, debt consolidation and debtor’s rights; as well as providing per diem services for local and national law firms. During this period, she gained extensive knowledge conducting research and writing complex briefs, and attending court proceedings, including arguing motions at short calendar, pre-trial conferences, and court ordered arbitrations.

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Primary Mailing Address:
1040 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 9C
New York, NY 10018

Local Location:
Bethany, Connecticut

Education

JD, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, 2001

BS, University of Connecticut, 1994

 

Bar Admissions

Connecticut

 

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the District of Connecticut

Jared-Henig-4webbio Jared S. Henig Senior Counsel
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Jared S. Henig, Senior Counsel with Hickey Smith LLP, has been practicing law in New York City since 2005. Since that time, Jared has worked at multiple large and small insurance defense firms defending the interests of both commercial and personal lines insureds.

Jared brings to the Hickey Smith team an in-depth knowledge of the insurance defense industry and his diverse experience defending lawsuits stemming from motor vehicle and premises accidents (including but not limited to slip/trip and fall, property damage, subrogation, assault, negligent security, products liability, elevator, dram shop/liquor liability, etc). This diverse experience also includes significant work on legal matters involving construction related accidents/New York Labor Law.

Jared handles complex legal matters with confidence and efficiency and provides results that consistently exceed clients’ expectations. Having successfully represented many clients in a wide variety of matters from inception through resolution, Jared has a proven record of achieving excellent results in all types of cases.

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1040 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 9C
New York, NY 10018

Education

JD, Brooklyn Law School, 2004

BA, Binghamton University, 2001

Bar Admissions

New York

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

NEW David-Hickey-hs-3 David M. Hickey Managing Partner
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As Hickey Smith’s Managing Partner, David Hickey is responsible for monitoring and evaluating the design and implementation of the firm’s established processes, procedures, protocols, and workflows to drive continuous firm improvement. David has leveraged technology to design and implement process-based solutions to create efficiencies and reduce both systematic and assystematic risks. David has successfully managed complex legal matters in the US, South East Asia, South Asia and the UK for 25 years. Prior to joining Hickey Smith, David was an equity partner with Winston & Strawn, LLP, a litigator with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, a prosecutor with the United States Air Force and a Special Assistant United States Attorney. He has first chair trial experience and has advised numerous clients in connection with “bet the company” and other crisis related situations. He has represented clients across a variety of industries.

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23 E. Colorado Blvd
Suite 203
Pasadena, CA 91105

Education

JD, Stanford Law School, 1989

BS, Business and Economics, 1986, Georgetown University

Bar Admissions

California

District of Columbia

Texas

Court Admissions

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

United States District Courts for the Central, Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of California

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

David-Kaplan-HSwebbio David S. Kaplan Senior Counsel
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David Kaplan has over thirty years of insurance defense experience. He has handled more than 300 insurance defense related trials or arbitrations.  David’s extensive experience includes matters involving personal injury, automobiles, product liability, workers’ compensation, property damage and general liability, as well as Title 59 issues, PIP matters, and asbestos litigation.

David handles cases from initial inception through to resolution, involving initial pleadings, interrogatories, depositions, discovery motions, mandatory non-binding arbitration, summary judgments, pre-trial motions, trial briefs and trial, as well as addressing issues involving insurance coverage.

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Primary Mailing Address:
1040 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 9C
New York, NY 10018

Local Address:
345 Highway 9 South
Suite 366
Manalapan, NJ   07726

Education

JD, Southwestern University School of Law, 1983

BS, Accounting, American University, 1976

Bar Admissions

New Jersey

 

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

Popi-Kousis-4webbio Kalliopi P. Kousis Senior Counsel
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Kalliopi P. Kousis is a Senior Counsel with Hickey Smith LLP, and has been practicing law for eighteen years. Her practice has been focused on various areas of construction, insurance and business related matters and litigation. Kalliopi has successfully led several complex, multiparty construction defect (construction accident), general and transportation claims on behalf of insurance carriers, transportation companies and corporations in state and federal courts in New Jersey and New York.

Through her wide-ranging experience, Kalliopi has developed an expertise in crafting litigation strategies, and advising clients of the potential risks and possible outcomes for each course of action. Kalliopi provides a step-by-step approach and possible alternatives, helping clients determine the best path to achieve their goal and successful outcome.

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Primary Mailing Address:
1040 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 9C
New York, NY 10018

Local Address:
24 W. Railroad Avenue
Suite 284
Tenafly, NJ 07640



Education

JD, Syracuse University College of Law, 1998

BA, Rutgers University, Rutgers College, 1995

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
New Jersey
New York

 

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
United States District of Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

 

 

 

Anna K. Jarvis Anna K. Krotzer Lead Attorney, Legal Content and Training
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Anna brings nearly a decade of business and legal experience to the firm, including title insurance defense, civil litigation, foreclosure defense, contract disputes, probate, trusts and estate planning, real estate litigation, and family law. In addition to assisting with the representation of the firm’s clients, Anna is instrumental in the development and testing of templates and checklists for pleadings, motions, discovery and other legal documents.

Prior to joining Hickey Smith, Anna held the position of AVP/Claims Counsel for Fidelity National Financial where she managed the claims administration process from the initial notification through litigation and resolution, including formulating litigation strategies and managing outside counsel. Prior to joining Fidelity, Anna worked in private practice, representing individuals and organizations in all aspects of litigation in numerous substantive areas of law. In addition to her legal experience, Anna has also worked in the IT industry as a project manager for a global software implementation project where she acted as a liaison between the software development team and the security/legal department.

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Local Address:
10752 Deerwood Park Blvd
Suite 100
Jacksonville, FL 32256

Education

JD, Florida Coastal School of Law, 2011

MBA, University of North Florida, 2007

BA, Business Administration, University of Florida, 2002

Bar Admissions

Florida

 

Vince-Monzo-4web Vincent D. Monzo Senior Counsel
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Vincent D. Monzo is a member of the firm’s insurance defense group and litigates matter throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania with almost 20 years of litigation experience. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Monzo worked for several firms located in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has been involved in litigating hundreds of cases involving premises liability, commercial trucking accidents, commercial collections, products liability, medical malpractice, construction defect, and insurance coverage matters.

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1040 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 9C
New York, NY 10018

Education

JD, Hofstra University School of Law, 2001

BA, Economics, LaSalle University, 1998, Cum Laude

Bar Admissions

New Jersey

Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

Natalie Paskiewicz-4webbio Natalie L. Paskiewicz Of Counsel
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Natalie is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator and Florida Qualified Arbitrator. She has practiced throughout the state of Florida in civil litigation matters arising from premises liability, trucking transportation, property damage, automobile negligence, and products liability.

Before joining Hickey Smith, Natalie served as an attorney for two Florida-based insurance defense law firms where she handled matters in the areas of auto negligence, wrongful death, nursing home litigation, resorts and leisure liability, retail liability, premises liability, products liability, ADA claims, governmental liability/sovereign immunity, premises and automobile insurance defense, and property damage.

During law school, Natalie interned in-house with Minor League baseball headquartered in St. Petersburg, FL, worked for well-known tv personality Judge Judy, and clerked for a judge in the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida.

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1040 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 9C
New York, NY 10018

Education

JD, Stetson University College of Law, 2012

BS, Legal Studies, Florida Gulf Coast University, 2008, With Honors

 

Bar Admissions

Florida

 

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Paul Newman, Senior Counsel with Hickey Smith, is a highly skilled litigation attorney with more than 15 years of experience in matters related to negligence, premises, product, employment, and general liability issues.

Before joining Hickey Smith, Paul handled complex and high exposure matters serving as trial counsel and staff counsel for large insurance carriers. His scope of work covered both commercial and personal lines of insurance, including auto liability, commercial trucking liability, employment issues, traumatic brain injury cases, spinal injury, professional malpractice, negligence, product liability, premises liability, breach of contract, bad faith, wrongful termination, employment issues, hour and wage matters, exempt/time issues, discrimination claims, intellectual property, ADA issues, securities, and construction defect litigation.

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Primary Mailing Address:
19528 Ventura Blvd
Suite 111
Tarzana, CA 91356

Education

JD, Loyola Law School, 1987

BS, Ithaca College, 1983

Bar Admissions

California

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the Central District of California

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Maureen Quinn_4web Maureen Quinn Senior Counsel
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As Senior Counsel with Hickey Smith, Maureen Quinn brings over a decade of experience in a broad range of matters to the firm, including FLSA and New York State wage violations; medical malpractice, wrongful death, automobile liability, insurance disputes, RICO violations, contract disputes, defamation, employment disputes, labor law violations, premises liability, collections and landlord-tenant proceedings.

Maureen prides herself on being involved in all aspects of litigation from inception through trial and alternative dispute resolution. Maureen consistently provides the necessary knowledge and guidance resulting in successful outcomes for her clients.

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1040 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 9C
New York, NY 10018

Education

JD, Touro College, Jacob O. Fuchsberg Law Center, 2005

BBA, Management, Hofstra University, 2002

The College of Insurance (now known as St. John’s of Risk Management)

Bar Admissions

New York

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the Eastern District

Joel Scott Ray-4webbio Joel S. Ray Senior Counsel
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Joel Ray brings more than 20 years of experience in insurance defense and complex commercial litigation to the clients of Hickey Smith, including the areas of premises liability defense, personal injury defense, and medical malpractice.

Having worked for both small and mid-sized defense firms as well as in roles such as a small claims court arbitrator, Joe provides knowledge and expertise in a wide range of practice areas. As in-house counsel for a New York City land developer, Joel practiced law in the areas of landlord-tenant law, commercial litigation, hotel violations, building trademarks, patents and appeals, trademark prosecution and litigation, and evictions.

 

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1040 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 9C
New York, NY 10018

Education

JD, Brooklyn Law School, 2000

BA, University of Buffalo, 1991

 

Bar Admissions

Connecticut
New York

 

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

U.S. District Court for Connecticut

U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit

New York Supreme Courts

Edward-Tobin-web4bio Edward M. Tobin Senior Counsel
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Edward M. Tobin, Senior Counsel with Hickey Smith LLP, has been practicing law in New York and New Jersey since 1999. Since that time, Edward has worked for several large and small insurance firms defending the interests of both commercial and personal lines insureds.

Edward brings an in-depth knowledge of the insurance defense industry to Hickey Smith clients. His diverse experience defending lawsuits stemming from motor vehicle and premises accidents (including but not limited to professional liability, slip/trip and fall, property damage, subrogation, assault, negligent security, products liability, elevator, dram shop/liquor liability, etc.). This diverse experience also includes significant work on legal matters involving construction related accidents/New York Labor Law.

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1040 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 9C
New York, NY 10018

Education

JD, Emory University School of Law, 1998

BA, The Johns Hopkins University, 1995

Bar Admissions

New York

 

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the Southern, Eastern, Northern, and Western Districts of New York

United States District Court, District of New Jersey

Second Circuit Court of Appeals

Martha-Vasquez-HSweb Martha J. Vasquez Senior Counsel
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Martha Vasquez has more than 13 years of litigation experience and has handled more than 200 trials and arbitrations. For nearly a decade, Martha has focused her litigation practice primarily on insurance defense work on behalf of several insurance carriers. She has extensive experience handling insurance defense cases from inception to conclusion.

She handles all phases of insurance defense litigation in the areas of general liability, premises liability, auto accidents, trucking and transportation, construction accidents, restaurant liability, excess insurance monitoring, insurance coverage and subrogation claims in both New Jersey and New York.

Martha is a former Assistant District Attorney with the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office and a former Assistant Attorney General with the New York State Attorney General’s Office.  She has prosecuted a wide variety of criminal matters, including cases concerning organized crime and conspiracies, cases concerning narcotics schemes, and cases concerning insurance fraud.

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Primary Mailing Address:
1040 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 9C
New York, NY 10018

Local Address:
24 W. Railroad Avenue
Suite 184
Tenafly, NJ 07670

Education

JD, New York Law School, 2004

BA, Political Science, Temple University, 1998, Magna Cum Laude

 

Bar Admissions

New Jersey

New York

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

Clara Villarreal Clara M. Villarreal Senior Counsel
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Clara M. Villarreal, Senior Counsel with Hickey Smith is a recognized seasoned trial attorney with over 100 jury trials to verdict with an outstanding record of achievement as an accomplished litigator, possessing extensive and diversified legal experience in providing strategic legal analysis, preparation and trial execution of high exposure, multi-million dollar and complex litigations in the areas of construction labor law, products liability, toxic tort, medical malpractice, nursing home liability, general liability, civil rights, insurance defense, insurance coverage and municipal liability.

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Primary Mailing Address:
1040 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 9C
New York, NY 10018

Education

JD, New York Law School, 1986

BA, St. John’s University, 1983

Bar Admissions

New York

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

Carol-Ann-Weinman-4webbio Carol Ann Weinman Senior Counsel
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Carol Ann Weinman joined Hickey Smith as a Senior Counsel, and brings more than three decades of experience working in a broad range of insurance and general litigation matters specializing in insurance defense work. Carol Ann has represented clients in various cases involving general, auto and premises liability matters, transportation related actions, medical malpractice, product liability, and personal injury. She also has extensive experience drafting affidavits, preparing coverage opinions, and appearing at mediations and appeals hearings representing clients in matters involving construction and labor law issues, municipal liability and insurance coverage litigation.

Carol Ann earned her Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University in New York City, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Manhattanville College.

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1040 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 9C
New York, NY 10018

Education

JD, St. John’s University School of Law, 1981

BA, Manhattanville College, 1978

Bar Admissions

New York

 

 

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Audrey brings more than thirty years of experience as a corporate, transactional and health care attorney to Hickey Smith. Prior to joining Hickey Smith, Audrey served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Superior Vision Corp. and its affiliates, a leading vision and eye care benefits manager.  Audrey joined Superior Vision in 2013 following the consolidation of Block Vision and Superior Vision and served as General Counsel for Block Vision since 1995.  While serving as General Counsel, Audrey was the chief legal and compliance officer responsible for legal, regulatory and operational compliance matters and was instrumental in the development of the company’s compliance program.  She was responsible for leading the company’s internal processes for promoting and ensuring compliance with laws, regulations and company policies, including risk management and HIPAA Privacy and Security.
Audrey was also responsible for the company’s contracting activities, including those with clients and third-party vendors, regulatory and licensing matters, development and implementation of the company’s quality management and utilization management programs to support client delegated functions, third-party audit process, and corporate governance activities.
Audrey is also Vice President and General Counsel for EXTEND Resources, a professional services and solutions company specializing in business and legal process optimization, eDiscovery, contract management, and cybersecurity.
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Contacts

222 Yamato Road
Suite 106-241
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Education

JD, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 1984
BA, State University of New York at Albany, 1980

Bar Admissions

New Jersey

New York

 

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Sonya A. Witt Senior CounselPRINT FRIENDLY

Ms. Witt began her career as a New York City litigator over 23 years ago by representing publicly traded corporate entities in complex litigations regarding securities transactions. Her trial experience has included defending medical device manufacturers in class actions and government agencies in employment discrimination lawsuits.

Ms. Witt has defended multi-national corporations in trials and hearings, including Smith Barney and Columbia Pictures in commercial litigations involving shareholder allegations of fraud and breach of contract.

Through her work in Family Law and domestic violence cases, she gained extensive trial and hearing litigation experience. Family Court cases allowed Ms. Witt to frequently take cases through multiple day trials and litigate evidentiary hearings several days of each week.

 

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Contacts

1040 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 9C
New York, NY 10018

Education

JD, Harvard Law School, 1996
BA, University of Pennsylvania, 1991, Magna Cum Laude

 

Bar Admissions

New York

 

Court Admissions

New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division